As many people anxiously awaited Trek’s announcement of how they were going to change cycling on March 19, I found out on the 16 from my B2B site at work. Can I say I was just a little disappointed it wasn’t a graphene Domane? Absolutely. Can I say I am disappointed in the announcement as a whole? No.
Trek has a major point that the biggest recent change in helmets has been MIPS, which is a slip liner designed to absorb energy from an angular impact, since the material of the helmet only absorbs energy from a direct impact. Their goal with the development of the new WaveCel technology is to have one material that is going to do both. It protects from both angular and direct impacts without the need of MIPS.
Now, before I become a Trek ad, I will point out that obviously not everyone has the money for a WaveCel helmet, and I am not going into the technology, because you can read that from Trek. The XXX and Blaze, their road and mountain bike helmets, are priced at $300, while the Specter and Charge, their all around and commuter helmets, are priced at $150. I get plenty of customers who prefer to spend $40, no matter what I pitch about the benefits of a higher priced helmet, and I understand not everyone wants to spend $100+, so what I hope to see in the future is Trek allowing this technology to trickle down into their other helmets so everyone can benefit from the added safety.
It is no longer just weight and MIPS making the difference. Instead we can honestly say that yes, based on studies this helmet is safer. Trek has definitely put money into making sure people are safe on the road. Their lineup of daytime running lights and focus on placing attention grabbing colors where people are most likely to see them on your body pairs nicely with the launch of this new helmet.
Do I think this was a little overhyped? Maybe. I think that is more just me wishing for a graphene Domane right now. I am going to be purchasing one of the helmets. Specifically, I will be purchasing the Specter.
Why the Specter and not XXX? For one, I would love to get the limited edition XXX, and I can afford it with my employee discount, but I have a really nice Bell helmet with MIPS that I love, and I don’t know if I will love the fit of a Bontrager helmet. I also would like to match my cyclocross bike in the fall and the bright pink will look amazing with it. Finally, it is cheaper, and I would like to give honest feedback of a middle of the road product, because based on my newest cycling shoes, people can tell I am a gear snob.
in addition to my purchase, I am going to be giving an honest full review of the Specter, comparing it to my Bell Z20 and Giro Cinder to give a better idea of fit with a blog post and video to go along with it.